by Max Barry

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,691st
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Population45 million


The Empire of Xadivan is a small, orderly nation, notable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 45 million Xadivanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 30.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Xadivanian economy, worth 1.83 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 40,766 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's hospitals are criticized for caring more about profits than patients, the WhoTube comments section has gone strangely quiet, passive-aggressive congratulations cards inform mums-to-be that their pregnancy is their greatest achievement in life, and CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Xadivan's national animal is the Pheonix.

Xadivan is ranked 152,472nd in the world and 3rd in Empire of the ancients for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 30.28 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,691st
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the region

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